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Lau, Yam
Rotation: In the texture of the world Rotation: In the texture of the world
2018 2018

Yam Lau’s Rotation: In the texture of the world exemplifies a non-narrative yet immersive structure. Situated in the heart of a rapidly deteriorating yet persevering urban village/ruin in Guangzhou, China, Lau records daily life with layered, rotational views that resist settling into real time. As stated in the invitation text: Time and place are elusive quantities in Yam Lau’s video work, Rotation: In the texture of the world. Dislodging the moving image from a spatio-temporal logic, Lau builds a dimensional palimpsest where history and contemporaneity converge, and location is unfixed, with the architectural features of the site moving in and out of register, never quite aligning. Twinning an ancient folk tale about a hidden civilization with the plight of a contemporary urban village out of step with an encroaching mega-city, Lau suggests that its discovery is less reliant upon mapping than tuning to its unique frequency in the world.

 
Lau, Yam
Hong Kong, China 1965 Hong Kong, China 1965
Rotation: In the texture of the world Rotation: In the texture of the world
2018 2018
Video on disc, 55-inch monitor, media player, cut vinyl, stand, bricks and paper documents, edition 1 of 5 Video on disc, 55-inch monitor, media player, cut vinyl, stand, bricks and paper documents, edition 1 of 5
6:07 mins
Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, 2019 Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, 2019
62-020

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